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Broward County given until Friday to reverse mask mandate

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School Board has until 5 p.m. on Friday to provide written response documenting how district will comply with order.

Hopefully a decision can be made before the first day of school in Broward County.

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Cochran sent a letter Tuesday to Broward Public Schools Interim Superintendent Vickie Cartwright and School Board Chair Rosalind Osgood to inform them that the State Board of Education has initiated an investigation into the school district for failing to comply with the state’s ban on mask mandates at public schools.

The letter came shortly after the School Board voted 8-1 in favor of keeping the mask mandate for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, despite Gov. Ron DeSantis signing an executive order banning such mandates.

Broward School officials said Wednesday that their legal counsel will respond to the letter and said they are willing to face the consequences of their decision.

DeSantis maintains his position that the decision to wear mask should ultimately be up to the parents.

The first day of school in Broward County is August 18.